17df39c760e3d28d47ad9afb6e4c0a48Asian stocks rose, with the regional equities gauge heading for a four-week advance, after the European Central Bank announced stimulus measures.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 0.3 percent to 143.39 as of 9:01 a.m. in Tokyo, before markets open in China and Hong Kong. The gauge is poised for an 1.1 gain this week en route to its longest weekly winning streak since March. The measure rallied 9.9 through yesterday from this year��s low in February after Chinese authorities eased bank collateral rules and U.S. data signaled a recovery in the world��s largest economy is intact.

Japan��s Topix index gained 0.4 percent and New Zealand��s NZX 50 Index rose 0.2 percent, while Australia��s S&P/ASX 200 Index advanced 0.1 percent. South Korean markets are closed for a holiday.

Source : Bloomberg